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(Northern Silence Productions)

Even in 2008 there are still some German Black Metal bands (left) which are not trying to be different - they are different. For KERBENOK this statement is for sure applicable. The band had been founded in 2003 and since their great demo "Auf wilden Pfaden / Im Einklang der Gewalten" (which had been presented in a beautiful nature bound digipak) I had been sure that with a supporting record company on their side they could really impress the stagnating scene. So I was really looking forward to their debut simply called "O" (not forgetting their MCD released early in 2008) and my greatest expectations had not been disappointed. Normally I would advise at this point the rough musical direction but this time it would set borders to a release which is trying to overcome these invisible borders and still keep true to the pure essence of their / our scene. The album starts with a dark guitar intro before the first song 'Heimstatt in Trümmern' with a playing time of nearly 13 minutes is catching the audience by surprise. Black Metal with minor Pagan influences added by some modern elements which bring KERBENOK in touch with ENSLAVED and their masterpiece "Below The Lights". This modern touch is also available in other songs but not in such a direct way - but it works and these elements are perfectly integrated in this monument of a song. The passion for mother nature is the major topic of KERBENOK and in nature there is no pure black or white; a fact they perfectly transfered into their music. The album is offering several moments of rest within the playing time of over 70 minutes which are giving this release a further layer to explore. The layout of "O" should be again a small piece of art - a fact which I can't confirm for sure due to the given promo version - but I have complete confidence in this band (just take a look at their website). "O" is one of the albums which are offering more and more details after every run and only time will tell if my understanding of a remarkable release will be confirmed by you / my writing colleagues / by time & dust.;

Matthias Auch

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